Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Offers remote video sessions.
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Adam Vose-O'Neal is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with particular specialty in addictions and substance use, as well as general expertise in depression, anxiety, life transitions, existential questions, and relationship challenges. He sees teenagers through adults, and has a particular passion for seeing college students and young adults who are trying to figure out who they want to be and what they want to do in life.
Adam is particularly well-versed in Narrative Therapy, a modality that identifies the problem as the problem, not the person as the problem. Through Narrative Therapy, Adam helps clients separate their problems from themselves, identify their values, and connect the events in their lives to reclaim their life stories. He often uses the dry erase board to work through these thought exercises with clients and occasionally writes short letters to clients after the appointment as a bridge between sessions.
In addition to private practice, Adam works at partial programs at Butler Hospital, including the Young Adult Partial Program, and previously interned at Providence College's Counseling Center and the Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service. He dedicates himself to creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship that is solution and insight focused, honest, and down-to-earth. He is a graduate of Boston University and U. Mass Amherst.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions and existential questions – Figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do, especially for college-aged individuals
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting
Individual sessions: $120/session
Therapist's note: Adam can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"I think of therapy as conversations that help people address the problems that are interfering with their lives. I help clients separate from these problems and support them in moving towards what they care about most--their values, hopes and dreams. I believe that the best therapy is a collaborative process where the therapist and the client share in the investigation of the the client’s concerns and the potential solutions. I ask exploratory questions that lead clients toward insights and discoveries. Together we develop simple, achievable action plans."
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Education and work experience
East Coast Mental Wellness, Therapist, 2017 - Present
Butler Hospital Partial Programs, Therapist, 2016 - Present
Providence College Counseling Center, Clinical Intern, 2015 - 2016
Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service, Clinical Intern, 2014 - 2015
Boston University, MSW
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, BA